A family spends its summer at the beach, enjoying the ritual of packing, games and quarrels in the car, family stories on the porch, and the changes they go through.
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Grade 1-4-- The oldest of three children tells about her family's trips to the shore, where her grandparents live. She mentions the excitement of pulling out swimsuits, bathing caps, and sneakers; packing the car; setting out before sunrise; and enduring the long trip filled with games, snacks, quarrels, and parental threats to behave. The girl vividly describes sensations at the beach, from the shocking cold water to noses wrinkling and peeling from the sun. At odd, quiet moments, stories are told; her mother repeats familiar tales; her father recalls his parents, who are deceased. The child begins to understand how time passes, and senses that nothing remains the same. The pastels on pebbled paper complement the narration; some span a spread, others appear in small boxes above the text. Family members have realistic features and convincing forms; particularly evocative are scenes at the shore, shaded with the colors of sand, sea, and sky. On one page, the text placed on dark blue sky is hard to read. Young children will enjoy the seashore activities, but the poignant reminiscences are conveyed in an adult voice. A distinguished book, but it may have a limited audience. --Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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